VAIL, Colo., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, Vail Mountain
surpassed its all-time historical cumulative snowfall record with year-to-date
snowfall of 141.25 inches, or nearly 12 feet of snow. The prior record of
140 inches was set during the 1985-1986 winter season. In November alone,
nearly 84 inches of snow fell on Vail Mountain, fully 26 inches above the ski
resort's historic average of 58 inches for the month.
With the recent round of storms that have pounded Colorado's Rocky
Mountains, skiers and snowboarders at Vail have been enjoying more than nearly
four feet of fresh powder in the past seven days. Mountain operation crews
have been working around the clock to expedite the opening of terrain and
lifts. In addition to the Back Bowls that are now open, resort officials will
open Blue Sky Basin on Friday, Dec. 9, making it the second earliest most
extensive opening of bowls in the resort's history. More than 4,600 acres of
the resort's terrain will be open on Friday.
"It goes without saying how gratified we are to have such extraordinary
snowfall and ski terrain conditions at this time of year across all five of
our Colorado and Lake Tahoe ski resorts. This should be exciting news for
skiers and snowboarders, notably including that we have set all-time records
for this time of year for cumulative snowfall at Vail and for open terrain at
Keystone," said Adam Aron, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail
Vail Resorts' additional four Colorado and Lake Tahoe ski resorts --
Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly -- also have benefited from
this year's early season snowfall.
Breckenridge Resort set a new record for snowfall totals during the month
of November, with more than 68 inches or 40 percent more than its historic
average. Season-to-date snowfall at Breckenridge is about 80 percent more
than the historic average. Boasting a base depth of more than five feet of
snow at the summit of Breckenridge Mountain, officials today opened North
America's new highest chairlift, the Imperial Express SuperChair, a month
earlier than originally scheduled. The Imperial Express transports skiers and
snowboarders up to 12,840 feet above sea level for access to 400 acres of
expert skiing above treeline.
More than 131 inches of snow has fallen on Beaver Creek Mountain so far
this season and with nearly four feet of fresh snow over the past week, skiers
and snowboarders today enjoyed one of the best openings of the resort's famed
Grouse Mountain expert terrain. Amidst snowstorms aplenty, Beaver Creek
successfully held its Birds of Prey Men's World Cup ski races, with racers
from 18 nations and three continents competing, receiving considerable
international television and newspaper exposure as a result.
Keystone Resort has tied its November record snowfall of 51 inches set in
1983-1984. Thanks to a cumulative season-to-date snowfall total of
105 inches, resort officials have been able to open approximately 2,500 acres
of ski terrain, more open terrain at this time of year than ever before in
Keystone's 35-year history.
Heavenly Mountain Resort has received four feet of snow in the past week,
allowing the resort to open more than 60 percent of its terrain. With a
snowpack depth ranging from three to five feet, Heavenly is offering the most
terrain of any ski resort in the Lake Tahoe area.
About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc. is the leading mountain resort operator in the United
States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail,
Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado, Heavenly in California
and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The
Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages
casually elegant properties across the United States. Vail Resorts
Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction
subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company
traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company
website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.
SOURCE Vail Resorts